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Diners tuck in to first South Tyneside Restaurant Week

The first South Tyneside Restaurant Week is underway giving diners a chance to try something new for a discounted price.

Organised by the council, it is running across the borough until Saturday October 10th, with visitors enjoying a range of special two and three course menus.

Those taking part, including restaurants in Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields, have each developed their own unique offering.

We hope this will encourage diners from South Tyneside and further afield to take advantage of the special offers available until Saturday and to come and sample some of the fantastic cuisine that the borough has to offer.

– Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council

For a full list of those taking part, including their individual menus and prices, visit

'Tony the Fridge' facing assault charges

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A charity fundraiser from South Tyneside famed for running with a fridge on his back has appeared in court charged with assault.

Tony Morrison, better known as "Tony the Fridge", faces four charges of assault and one for using violence to enter a home.

The 50-year-old, from Hebburn, became famous for running with a 94lb fridge on his back and was named fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Britain Awards 2014.

He will go on trial at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on December 11.


TRAVEL: All Metro services suspended between Bede and South Shields

Metro services are delayed at stations across the network Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Metro services on South Tyneside are disrupted due to a trespass incident

All Metro services have been suspended between Bede and South Shields.

Passengers are being off-loaded from trains onto platforms at Pelaw.

Stations across the network are incredibly busy due to the Great North Run and Sunderland v Spurs at the Stadium of Light, with major delays expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

Passengers are being asked to get off the stationary trains due to the heat Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

VOTE: Should children be sent home for incorrect uniform?

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was sent home on the first day of term because teachers said her trousers were too tight.

Ellisha Oliver and a few of her classmates at South Shields Community College were told to change their trousers because they broke the new uniform policy.

Do you think children should be sent home for wearing the wrong uniform?

Vote in our poll:

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Warning after prescription drugs stolen in supermarket

Police are warning people of the dangers of taking medication that is not prescribed to them after drugs were stolen from a South Tyneside supermarket.

The medication stolen including Amlodipine, Temazepam, Lamotrigine, Zomorph, Amitriptyline and Navakiragam.

It was taken from a person at the ASDA supermarket in Hebburn on the evening of Tuesday August 25th.

Some of the drugs have the potential to cause harm if taken by somebody it was not prescribed to and police are urging people to be on guard.


South Tyneside Festival boosts economy by £1.4m

South Tyneside Festival

The South Tyneside Festival, which runs until the end of August, has already had over 115,000 visitors. The Sunday Concert series held in Bents Park featuring North East singer Joe McElderry and Billy Ocean proved most popular so far.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, has said he is delighted with the turn out:

We are absolutely delighted with the turn out for the South Tyneside Festival 2015 and the positive impact it has had on the local economy.

The success of this year's event can be attributed to a number of factors, including the decision to add an additional free event to the Sunday Concert series and to give our Summer Parade a spectacular Alice in Wonderland theme. Of course, we could not have done all of this without the support of our event partners.

– Cllr Alan Kerr

Fourth case of Legionnaires' disease suspected at South Tyneside Factory

A suspected fourth case of Legionnaires' disease has been identified at a factory in Boldon, South Tyneside.

Evidence suggests that the latest case acquired the infection before the control measures were put in place at the factory during the weekend of the 17th May.

The suspected case was treated in hospital but has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

The first three confirmed cases are people who have worked at the Faltec Ltd factory in South Tyneside and the fourth is a resident whose garden overlooks the factory boundary.

Dr Tricia Cresswell of the North East PHE Centre said: ‘We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and the HSE to investigate potential sources of infection and the company is co-operating fully with the investigation.

She added that a range of actions have already been taken by the company to treat and disinfect possible sources of the infection, including cooling towers and other water systems.

Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person and can only be contracted from the source of the contaminated water.

Staff have been advised to contact their GP if they develop a chest infection or other respiratory symptoms.

Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for South Tyneside Council said:

Our first priority is to protect the health of factory workers and local residents. We are not aware of any new cases infected since the factory took action to treat and disinfect water sources,but we are continuing to work closely with HSE and PHE to confirm and control any possible sources of infection on the factory site.

– Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for South Tyneside Council
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